The Zaza-Kurdish filmmaker, writer and actor Yilmaz Güney directed his greatest films, including The Enemy (1979) and The Road (1982), from within Turkish prisons. In order to avoid spending the rest of his life behind bars, he fled his homeland in 1981 in the hope of someday being able to return in freedom.
The documentary Ballad of Exiles Yilmaz Güney (2016) looks at Güney’s last years, spent as an exile in Paris. There, he incorporated the things he had experienced when incarcerated - especially a revolt in the children’s ward of the Ulucanlar prison in Ankara - in the film The Wall (1983). The penitentiary, which he compared with a social laboratory, was recreated in a former monastery not just in the material sense, but also in spirit.
Members of that cast and crew, most of whom themselves have fled from Turkey, talk about the intensive period shooting the film, their memories of Yilmaz Güney, their life in exile and art as a refuge.

Original title
La ballade des exiles Yilmaz Güney
Filmmaker
Ilker Savaskurt
Premiere
World premiere
Country
United Kingdom, Turkey
Year
2016
Medium
DCP
Length
70’
Language
Turkish, French, English
Producer
Abbas Nokhasteh
Production Company
Openvizor
Sales
Openvizor
Writer
Mehmet Kala
Cinematography
Ilker Savaskurt
Editor
Ilker Savaskurt
Sound Design
Güçlü Basak, Burak Erseçgen
Music
Ugur Ates
Cast
Baris Atay
Website
http://balladofexiles.com